Sunday, July 24, 2016

Traveling with this crew

We do a lot of travel during the summer, driving many hours. This summer, we added a few stops to our normal route and enjoyed time in places we don't always see.

On our way to Island Park, we stopped at Kaci's house. Toby and Tyler stayed up late with the adults the first night, cracking us up! The next morning, the big kids played with NERF guns, and Kate and Torin were content to play with Kamryn's bunny.

On the way to Island Park, we spent a few hours with Grandpa Walters in his home. Patrice and Austin came and joined us as well. It was good to see and visit with Grandpa!

We also took Dani and the kids to Granny's grave site. The monument was new since Jared had been there last year for the funeral. It was special to have the whole family there.

Here's a picture of the fully-loaded Yukon because it's important to remember just how much stuff we would have to bring! We haven't had to resort to a car-top carrier just yet.

Driving through Idaho leaves the front of the Yukon looking gross!

Driving out of Island Park, we took a short detour to watch Old Faithful. It was a super hot day in Yellowstone!

Jared spent part of the week back in Portland, flying out of Cody. He considered getting some food at the Cody airport 'restaurant,' but couldn't find anything he wanted in the limited selection.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Streeter Family Reunion - Part 1 - Island Park

For the third time, we all joined together at Island Park for a week of fun on the lake. This time, we were all able to fit into the same cabin, which we enjoyed. The cabin itself was unique - it was interesting because it was an older cabin that had a huge addition added onto it where the majority of the family stayed.

The lake this year was nice and full - but had a strong presence of algae and as a result, was quite green!

That did not stop us from spending a lot of time on the lake! The kids all loved the tube and spent lots of time behind the boat on the tube.

Everyone had a riding partner - Kate and Bentley, Jacob and Breckin, and Claire and Brighton. Liam picked different partners each time. 

The best pictures we got were the adults - David and Kylie got an especially wild ride, and the looks on Liam's and Heath's faces are hilarious (Heath said he just had eaten a bug!)

The dads took the 2-year-olds on the tube together. Liam was pretty quiet the whole time and wasn't sure whether he was enjoying the ride or not.

Another highlight of the trip were the paddleboards. The kids and adults all spent a lot of time paddling around the docks and lake. 

The kids spent a lot of time together. Kate and Bentley were together just about every minute of the day.

As always, the adults all got some good waterskiing in. There were a few times that the water was super calm. Other times, there were, "TOO MANY BOATS" as John said over and over!

The old man even spent some time up on a ski! 

One of the highlights was Jacob getting up on skis! We LOVE everything about this picture - Jacob being up on skis, how excited he is, and his T-Rex arms! He held this pose throughout his 1-minute plus ride!

One night, we had a bonfire. Jared and David spent an hour outside chatting. then Torin and Grandpa spent some time hanging out. That night, we also had a pinata.

We brought a funny book from our library that we used for bedtime stories. Yep, classy.

We brought games for the cousins and they played games every day. Grandma bought goggles for all the kids, and they wore them everywhere.

The sunsets each night were gorgeous - I don't think that pictures quite do justice to how pretty the sunset was each night. We enjoyed the peace and tranquility every night.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Surfs up at Pacific City

Some of Jared's co-workers decided it would be fun to go surfing at Pacific City, and we had a free weekend, so we decided to join them. As often happens, the drive wasn't without incident (Jacob!), but we made it to Pacific City.

As we arrived, we were stopped by a parade - what an added bonus! It apparently was the Dory Days Parade. What is a Dory? Not just a little blue fish on Finding Nemo - it is a type of fishing boat. This particular style is launched directly off the beach. We saw lots of creative boats, got some candy, and chuckled at the final "float" - the town's traveling car repairman, operating out of an old, rusty brown full-size van with a magnetic sign on it!

It was a beautiful day, but the ocean is still super cold, so Jared rented a wet suit for himself and one for the kids to share. Jacob got the first turn and did some body boarding. Claire was in the entire time too, even without the wet suit!

As always, the kids ran back and forth carrying water to their sand creations.

Torin preferred staying in the sand, but he loved playing and digging alongside the kids.

It was such a fun day!

Friday, July 15, 2016

We have an apple tree

Our neighbor's apple tree has apparently gotten too big for its own good and is now draped over our fence.

and that means lots of apples to pick! They're okay to eat plain, but make some good applesauce!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Happy Birthday to Kate and Liam

Kate and Liam had a short daytime birthday party, with cake and ice cream, a game.

Dani bought a little (seriously, little) pinata, and held it (while holding Torin) with a stick as the kids took whacks at it with a mini bat.

It is hard to believe these two are already 5! We love their little personalities. As different as they are, they have become good little friends and play well together.

The stats:
3 feet 7.5 inches (75%)
41.5 pounds (60%)

3 feet 7.5 inches (60%)
49.5 pounds (90%)

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

A little extra travel on an already long travel schedule

Between flying across the country, from Portland to DC, then taking a road trip from DC to Cincinnati, followed by a flight home from Dayton, we knew we were going to have quite a few hours of travel. For the most part, it went without a hitch - even if Torin isn't the best airplane or road-trip sleeper!

There was one pretty big hitch, though, in Dayton. After boarding, we were de-planed for mechanical reasons (minutes after all the restaurants in the airport closed) and ended up staying the night (fortunately in an adjoining room) and having to fly out the next morning. The kids took everything very well for the hours we waited in the airport.

While we were waiting, not knowing if the flight would be cancelled or not, one of other passengers pulled out a book he had purchased for his son, Dr. Seuss Sleep Book, and read it to the kids. Before he read it, he asked them, "do you mind if I read in an accent?" and he read in a southern accent. It was hilarious! It was a long book, and he was great for reading to them!

Since it was the 4th of July, we ended up seeing some fireworks from a distance on the shuttle from the airport to the hotel. We counted that as a small blessing!

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Summer Time at Nana's

The first activity on the agenda in Cincinnati was, appropriately, a Reds game! It was a matinee game against (who else?) the Cubs. Even though parking was bad enough Jared took the first 4 innings to find a spot and walk to the stadium, it was fun to be back at a baseball game! The kids (minus Liam, who didn't want to be in the picture) found Rosie Red for a picture.

One special part of this trip was having Grandpa Walters come to Cincinnati. Jared and Taylor picked him up from the airport, with a momentary panic when the security guard, checking with gate agents, said Grandpa wasn't on the flight from Salt Lake City! He made it and was fun to talk to throughout the week. We heard stories from his college and Navy days, from the starting of his farm and warehouse business, and about Granny. We played a pretty epic game of the candy bar game, too. It was a special week made even more special with Grandpa there!

Torin had his first trampoline experiences and seemed to think it was pretty funny!

Let's be honest, summertime at Nana's Castle is all about the pool! Everyone had a good time in the pool, and Nolin was not going to be left out!

The mamas got even got some relaxation time in the pool, and what better to relax on/in than doughnut tubes, which Taylor and Hayley brought in Amber's honor.

Torin loved being in the pool. After watching the bigger kids jumping off the diving board, Torin made his way over and climbed on top. Jared waited for him underneath, held Torin's hands, and pulled him in. Torin immediately said, "AGAIN!"

After a dozen or more times, Jared didn't hold his hands up for Torin, encouraging him to jump, and he did! "AGAIN" His jumps got further and further, practically landing on top of us sometimes! Grandpa Walters loved watching him, and kept commenting, "you're going to have to watch that one."

Kate and Adele were especially excited to play together. They loved wearing matching outfits - their matching watermelon swimsuits and matching Sunday dresses. They played together in the pool and in the playroom all vacation long.


We spent a lot of time in the pool this trip. With 7 people, we always had multiple swimsuits drying in the bathroom. By the end of the trip, it was kind of ridiculous how many were hanging up at the same time!

We got to stay all the way through the Independence Day. Jared was waiting all vacation to pull out a special shirt to go with his swimsuit honoring the USA!